Out of the many choices of materials available for use as a kitchen benchtop, timber has always commanded a certain preference among homeowners. Aesthetically also timber has always stood out due to its natural look and its impossible-to-replicate variety of texture and colors. But is timber a sensible choice as a kitchen benchtop material or are there other better options for you out there? Let’s find out.
Timber allows an impossible number of variations in texture and color which creates a certain appeal due to the unique nature of every block of timber which guarantees you that no other kitchen benchtop in the world will be the same as yours. The texture and color of timber depend on its species and thus provides you with endless options. You are guaranteed to find a species of timber whose color will complement the color scheme of your kitchen and your house. If you have a specific look or color in mind and if it is not available in your region, you can always import or transport it from someplace else but it will add to the overall cost.
Timber’s time defying longevity is also one of the main reason for considering it as your kitchen benchtop materials because timber can definitely last as long, if not more than any other material used for kitchen benchtops. Although, timber has a lower density than other materials and is softer in nature, refinishing it is not hard and it can be easily sanded or stained again to make it look like new. Plus, the longevity of wood gives you the option of repurposing it and using it in any other part of your house if it is not needed in the kitchen after a certain time.
Timber complements the rustic look of any place and the stains, nicks and other signs of wear and tear on its surface increase its aesthetic appeal. Moreover, all that is required to maintain a timber kitchen benchtop is an occasional resealing by applying a coat of natural oil finish. If you are going with the rustic look for your kitchen then an easy way to save money is by using recycled timber for your kitchen benchtop instead of using a new one.
Disadvantages of Timber benchtops
One of the biggest disadvantages of timber is its softness compared to other kitchen benchtop materials. Even the densest timber that you can find will be less dense than other materials. Thus, scratches and nicks will appear easily on a timber countertop which is a problem if you are someone who likes to keep it smooth and polished. Then there is the problem of deep stains which can’t be removed even by sanding. Water also doesn’t enjoy a good equation with timber and can discolor it easily. So, if a perfect surface which stays smooth and polished is what you are looking for then timber is not a good option for you. Also, there are certain kitchen styles and looks which won’t go well with timber so also take that into consideration.
The best way to make a good choice is by familiarizing yourself with all the options available. So go through all the options that you have when it comes to kitchen benchtop materials before making a decision. Consider consulting a professional if necessary.